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Summary

  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Ex-paratrooper jailed 12-and-a-half years for stabbing man
  3. Police hunt for hit-and-run driver, as victim remains in intensive care
  4. --- Critically injured hit-and-run victim is a new father
  5. --- Police issue 'urgent' appeal for hit-and-run witnesses
  6. Appeal after sudden death of 21-year-old in Bude
  7. South West police attend London terror victim's funeral
  8. Cornwall Council has dropped the idea of introducing parking meters in a number of towns and in Truro
  9. Litter and rubbish 'damages' a protected coral off the South West coast
  10. Jet-powered hearse 'Dead Quick' makes debut

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By Amy Gladwell

All times stated are UK

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Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

If you have a news story or picture to show us, email plymouthnewsonline@bbc.co.uk

Former soldier jailed

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A knife-wielding former paratrooper who stabbed a man in an ambush has been jailed for 12-and-a-half years. 

Exeter Crown Court heard Richard Grant, 46, used his military training with 2 Para to spy on victim Alex Pierce.

He wrongly believed Mr Pierce had abused his ex-partner, who was now in a relationship with Grant. 

The former soldier stabbed Mr Pierce with a commando knife as he parked his car one night in January in Leighton Terrace, Exeter.

The jury cleared Grant, of Brake Close, Cullompton, of attempted murder but convicted him of wounding with intent. He also admitted possessing an offensive weapon in public.

Devon teen who suffered stroke after smoking Spice reveals all in heartfelt video

Devon Live

A south Devon teenager has bravely spoken out about the dangers of legal highs after suffering a stroke .

Weather: Dry with sunny spells tomorrow

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Another dry day to come tomorrow, with some bright or sunny spells. With light winds it will feel pleasant in any sunshine.

Weather map
BBC

 Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Police chief praises terror victim PC's courage

BBC Spotlight

The Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer has praised the police officer who was killed in the Westminster terror attack, on the day of his funeral.

Senior representatives from the Devon and Cornwall force have attanded the service to honour PC Keith Palmer in Southwark Cathedral this afternoon. 

Shaun Sawyer
BBC

Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall Police said PC Palmer demonstrated "the courage to confront terrorism, to confront the threat and ultimately do what was right no matter what the sacrifice".

Monkey business

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A young Bornean orangutan who lives in Devon has been pictured showing off her acrobatic skills as she celebrates her fourth birthday.

Tatau arrived at Paignton Zoo from Munster Zoo, in Germany, in November 2007.

Oran utan
Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo, a registered charity, says orangutans are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

High speed hearse

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

The Plymouth man who was the brains behind a jet-propelled shopping trolley has upped his game and revealed his latest project in the form of a high speed hearse.

The souped-up 1992 Ford Cardinal - named Dead Quick - is capable of reaching speeds of 200mph (322kmh), Matt Mckeown claims.

Matt Mckeown
PA

He's aiming to smash the current record of 115mph (185kmh).

"Dead Quick's good for 200mph but this is a work in progress. We've got another more powerful engine we can put in but we're going to engineer all the suspension and brakes first and then we'll go for more power," he said.

Ex-Para ambushed love rival

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A former paratrooper who stabbed a love rival in an ambush in Exeter, has been sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years in jail. 

Richard Grant, 46, used his military training to spy on Alex Pierce and wrongly believed he had abused his ex-partner, Grant's now girlfriend.

Richard Grant
Irving of Exeter

The former soldier told police he had fitted a tracking device to his car and was tracking him because they had "let a monster out on the street". 

The jury cleared Grant, of Brake Close, Cullompton, of attempted murder but convicted him of wounding with intent.

The judge said he had abused what he learned in the Army.

Critical hit and run victim is a 'provider' who 'dotes' on baby

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Pleas have been made on social media to help find the driver involved in a hit and run incident in Devon which left a young father fighting for his life.

Family and friends of Jason Bunce have described the 25-year-old as a man who works hard and his "only dream was to have a family".

Jason Bunce with baby
Ashleigh Ackerley

Mr Bunce was hit in Kingsteington in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His girlfriend Ashleigh appealed for anyone with information to contact the police and said it was "50/50" whether he would survive.

BreakingEx-paratrooper jailed for stabbing man

A knife wielding former paratrooper who stabbed a man has been jailed for 12-and-a-half years.

Richard Grant, 46, was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court. The jury cleared Grant, of Brake Close, Cullompton, of attempted murder but convicted him of wounding with intent.

More to follow.

Rock singer needs your help to find his wolfdog lost near Portreath

Cornwall Live

A couple have launched an emotional appeal for information after their wolfdog escaped near Portreath .

Devon and Cornwall Police remembers PC Keith Palmer

BBC Spotlight

Police
BBC

The funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in last month's Westminster attack, is taking place at Southwark Cathedral in central London.

Thousands of police officers lined the route of a 2.6-mile funeral cortege starting at the Palace of Westminster.

In the South West, officers and staff held a two-minute silence at Devon and Cornwall Police HQ in Exeter.

After the silence Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer told the BBC: "Keith was a member of the police family and the police family gathered today. It's not just police officers it's police staff as well.

"We saw the courage of Keith and his colleagues to confront terrorism and do what was right, no matter what."

"There is no place for terrorism."

Police
BBC
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer
BBC

Bude death treated as unexplained, not suspicious - police

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

More details have been released about the death of a 21-year-old man in north Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall Police say they first received reports of concern for the welfare of a young man in Downs View, Bude, at 05:30 on Saturday morning.

Downs View
Google

They say the man was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he later died. 

Officers are not treating the death as suspicious and his family has been informed.

'Dream scheme' 50 years in the making for South Devon Railway approved

Devon Live

A dream almost 50 years in the making is set to be realised after plans for a new heritage rolling stock building  for the South Devon Railway have been approved.  

South West police attend terror victim's funeral

BBC Spotlight

Senior representatives from Devon and Cornwall Police are at the funeral of the police officer who was murdered in last month's Westminster attack. 

The body of PC Keith Palmer has started a final journey through central London and his funeral service is now under way at Southwark Cathedral. 

Coffin
BBC

Thousands of police officers lined the route of the funeral cortege.

PC Palmer, 48, who was married with a five-year-old daughter, was guarding the Houses of Parliament on 22 March when he was stabbed by Khalid Masood.

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Critically injured hit-and-run victim is new father

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

It has emerged a 25-year-old man who was critically injured in a hit-and-run in Devon is the father of a 10-week-old baby.

Jason Bunce's girlfriend Ashleigh Ackerley has posted an appeal for witnesses on Facebook saying her boyfriend is fighting for his life.

Jason Bunce with baby
Ashleigh Ackerley

He was hit by a vehicle in Kingsteignton in the early hours of Saturday morning whilst on a night out.

Ms Ackerley said Mr Bunce "has had brain surgery so is in an induced coma".

"He's now fighting for his life, it's a 50/50 chance," she said.

'No thanks' to parking metres

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has dropped the idea of introducing parking meters in a number of towns and in Truro.

It's after 93% of people said they did not want them in response to a council consultation.

Parking metre
BBC

Some towns will however get parking zones for residents.

The authority says there will also be some changes to yellow line waiting restrictions in Penryn, St Ives, Truro and Wadebridge. 

The council had asked people in Bude, Falmouth and Penryn, Newquay, Penzance and Newlyn, St Ives, Wadebridge and Truro if they wanted parking meters and residents permits to try to combat parking problems.

Plea by hit-and-run victim's girlfriend

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

An appeal has been made by the girlfriend of a 25-year-old hit-and-run victim who is fighting for his life.

Ashleigh Ackerley said Jason Bunce is the father of her 10-week-old baby and is facing a "50/50 chance" of survival.

Police said he was hit by a vehicle in Kingsteignton in the early hours of Saturday morning and are "urgently" appealing for witnesses.    

Ms Ackerley said her boyfriend has a broken leg and has had brain surgery so is in an induced coma.

"Please the person who has done this just come forward, please for his sake," she said.

Home of the youngest town crier in the UK elects youngsters to Falmouth team

Cornwall Live

The UK's youngest town crier won't be hanging up her hat just yet as the search continues to find her successor who will flex their vocal chords for Falmouth. 

PC Keith Palmer: Thousands of officers to line funeral route

BBC News England

John L
REUTERS
John Loughrey, from London, said he was there to pay respects to the attack victims

A full police funeral for PC Keith Palmer, who was killed in last month's Westminster attack , will take place in London's Southwark Cathedral later.

PC Palmer was guarding the Houses of Parliament on 22 March when he was stabbed by Khalid Masood.

Thousands of officers - including some from Devon and Cornwall Police - will line the route as the coffin of PC Palmer, a 48-year-old father, is taken from a chapel at the Palace of Westminster.

His body has been lying in rest there by special permission of the Queen.

South West officers have been posting messages on social media:

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Police officers from across the country are travelling to London for the funeral

Woman rescued from sun lounger

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

You may think a sun lounger is always a place of deep relaxation and escapism, but you'd be wrong.

Fire and ambulance crews were called to rescue a woman who got stuck in her sun lounger yesterday just over the Devon border in Wellington, Somerset.

The team from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service had to cut the lounger to release the elderly lady's trapped leg. She was given first aid and oxygen.

Rare coral 'ripped apart by litter'

BBC Spotlight

Scientists are warning a rare pink coloured coral that grows in abundance off Cornwall and Devon is being wrecked by litter.

Coral caught in litter
BBC

A team from Plymouth University has discovered hundreds of rare pink sea fans, which form coral gardens, are becoming tangled in rubbish which rips them from the seabed.

Professor Jason Hall-Spencer said: "The corals have been here for 50 years or so. I think the best thing to do is to make people aware that if it's made of plastic and you put it in the sea it's not going to disappear."

Wall-to-wall sunshine

BBC Weather Watchers

Where better to enjoy the weather than on the beach on the north coast of Cornwall?

Especially when it was 20C and wall-to-wall sunshine on Saturday.

St Columb Minor
BBC

Water issues reported across SW

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

South West Water have told us they're working on fixing a leak in Newquay which has left properties in the area with no supply.

They also say power outages in part of Plymouth last night caused a problem with water pumps, leading to low pressure to some properties. The problems are now fixed.

Hearse is 'perfect' for land speed vehicle

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A speed-fiend engineer from Devon has revealed his latest project, a jet-powered hearse .

The souped-up 1992 Ford Cardinal - named Dead Quick - is capable of reaching speeds of 200mph (322kmh), Matt Mckeown says.

Matt Mckeown
PA

Mr Mckeown, from Plymouth, is aiming to smash the current record of 115mph (185kmh). 

He already holds the Guinness World Record for riding a jet-propelled shopping trolley and said: "A hearse makes a perfect shape for a land speed vehicle - it's aerodynamic, long, thin, steady with a wedge back end."

More revealed about 21-year-old death

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police have released more information about a 21-year-old man who died in Bude at the weekend.

Officers say they received reports of concern for a man's welfare in Downs View at 05:30 on Saturday.

Downs View
Google

They say the man was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he later died. His death is not being treated as suspicious and his family have been told.

'I smoked Spice at 15 and suffered a devastating stroke’

Plymouth Herald

A teenager's moving story of how he suffered a stroke after smoking  a “legal high" like Spice,  has been released by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Urgent appeal for hit-and-run witnesses

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police are "urgently" appealing for witnesses to a hit-and-run in Devon at the weekend.

A 25-year-old man remains in intensive care at Derriford Hospital after being hit by a vehicle in Kingsteignton in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police said he was struck by a small silver car, possibly a darker colour, which was traveling in the direction of Fore Street .

The car did not stop at the scene and has yet to be identified, police added.

Pretty in pink, but at risk from rubbish

BBC Spotlight

Litter and rubbish is damaging a protected coral off the South West coast, conservationists say.

Pink sea fans
BBC

Pink sea fans are abundant in the waters off Devon and Cornwall, but rare elsewhere.  

A team from Plymouth University has discovered hundreds of them, which form coral gardens, are being ripped from the seabed after being tangled up in discarded waste, including clothes and fishing gear.

Travel: Accident near South Molton

BBC News Travel

  • Near South Molton on the A361 at Aller Cross there are reports of an accident
  • In Cornwall the Glynn Valley, A38 westbound, is closed for roadworks. There is slow traffic on the A390 diversion route 
  • In Plymouth, heading outbound, there are delays on Tavistock Road due to roadworks 
  • At Landcross on the A386 in Devon there are temporary traffic lights due to roadworks. Slow traffic in the area

Cornwall set for Easter weekend gridlock

Cornwall Live

Motorists heading in and out of Cornwall have been warned they could face " significant delays " over Easter with more than 20 million cars expected on the roads between Thursday and Easter Monday.

'Unexplained' death in Bude

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the sudden death of a young man in the Bude area. 

The 21-year-old died in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Police say the death is unexplained, and the family of the dead man have been told. 

He has not yet been named publicly.  

Calling all Stevens

BBC Radio Cornwall

A search is under way for people with the surname 'Stevens' to take part in a charity rugby match in St Ives.

Anthony Stevens is trying to put a whole team together made up only of people with his surname, to raise money for Parkinson's disease.

Anthony Stevens
BBC

"We need 18 to 20 people minimum because nobody's going to last the whole game, we're all a bit older in the teeth these days," he said.

So far 12 have signed up to take part. Mr Stevens lost his father to the disease.

Hit-and-run victim in intensive care

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Police are continuing to hunt for a hit-and-run driver, as the victim fights for his life in hospital. 

A 25-year-old man is in intensive care at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, after he was hit by a vehicle in Kingsteignton during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Gestridge Road
BBC

Witnesses say the vehicle was small and either black or silver coloured. Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting Log 53.  

South West Trains disrupted due to track repairs

BBC News Travel

  • On the A376 from Clyst St Mary heading towards Clyst St George one lane is blocked near Winslade Park due to an accident and recovery work
  • On South West Trains some services between Exeter St Davids and London Waterloo are disrupted due to track repairs

Detonation wires found in quarried rocks on busy beach

Devon Live

Multiple detonation wires in quarried rocks were the reason a busy  Devon beach was evacuated on the hottest day of the year, it has been confirmed.

Sunny skies

Charlotte tweeted this picture of beautiful Dartmoor yesterday. If you'd like to share your sunny weekend pics,  please send them to us .

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Undercover cop on wheels to help cyclists

BBC Radio Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police are planning to use an undercover officer on a bike to catch people who drive dangerously around cyclists.

The force says it is adopting the idea from the West Midlands and the operation will be funded by cycling charities.

Bicycle riders
BBC

Ch Insp Adrian Leisk said: "There are some common misconceptions with cycling. 

"A lot of time drivers think cyclists should ride near the curb and the guidance is absolutely don't do that".

No water supply in Newquay area